A bat has been tested positive for rabies by the Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory after it was captured in Monee, in the 4900 block of Margaret, on Tuesday, June 26th. A resident noticed dogs playing with the bat on the patio under the table.
The bat was collected by Will County Animal Control, and tested positive on Wednesday, June 27th. PEP rabies treatment was not recommended for the human occupants of the home after information was obtained.
Bats discovered in Will County need to be immediately reported to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633. The Will County Animal Control program maintains a 24-hour answering and emergency pick-up service for confined stray animals, injured animals, and stray biters.
In additional to reporting any discovered bats immediately, residents are reminded to remove any people and animals from the area where the bat is, close off the vicinity where the bat is located if possible, and look over all present residents and pets that were around the bat for any small puncture or bite marks. Please also remember to have your pets currently vaccinated against rabies.
For more on dealing with bats, please go to recommended websites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
or Will County.